Electronic Music Dance Culture

10 years ago Houdoken discovered a dance that would become the compass to his life’s journey--Liquid. As a kid, 8-bit video games gave him a love for the sounds and martial arts, a love for motion. A chance encounter with an old friend in 2001 would expose Matt to an artform that combined these two loves. Liquid and Digitz (digits) offered a creative outlet unparalleled in his previous martial arts experience. He soon put down his martial arts training to focus solely on becoming a student of these dances. Matt moved to the East Coast in 2004 to further his dance education and subsequently become an original member of Dark Matter Squad.

Training with DC-based poppers he soon became part of the Assassins in 2006, repping funk styles in the DMV area. While teaching funk styles at DC Dance Collective in 2008 he began to examining some of the ways basics were approached in those dances. Not satisfied with explanations like “it’s just a feeling”, Matt made it his underlying goal to make the unconscious portions of these dances accessible to conscious thought.

His research attempts to delve into and uncover the conceptual trappings that underpin our abilities to freely describe how we express ourselves in these dances. He freely offers the results of this ongoing research, as a gift, to all for the advancement of all dance styles. Matt currently resides in Baltimore, MD and is part of Dark Matter Squad (R&D Division), focusing primarily on tutting and digitz (digits) and how they apply to liquid.